The backlash against Donald Trump’s weekend attack on the NFL continues, this time from a source the president can usually rely on for support.
The president’s comments blasting NFL players who choose to protest during the national anthem “made things so much worse,” said “Fox and Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade on Monday.
“Even if you’re outspoken in sports, it’s no problem,” Kilmeade said, pointing to several famous athletes known for being open about their political beliefs including Mohammed Ali, Charles Barkley and Curt Schilling.
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“No one has a problem with, they have an opinion, but they have a problem with people speaking out,” Kilmeade went on. “But the president–and I understand his sentiment–made things so much worse, and the language he used was terrible. When you have [Patriots CEO] Robert Kraft coming out against you, you know you’ve gone too far.”
“[Trump] made things immeasurably worse by speaking out,” the host continued. “And I know what his intention was, but the language used was just galvanizing the wrong direction.”
Kilmeade is just the most recent voice to disagree with Trump’s comments, which began over the weekend during a rally in Alabama and continued on Twitter. Famed sports broadcaster Bob Costas slammed Trump on CNN’s “New Day” Monday morning, and several NFL players, coaches and owners have voiced strong opposition to Trump’s calls to fire players who choose to protest during the National Anthem.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. He is fired,” Trump said. His negative rhetoric towards the NFL caused even more protests than before; several teams stayed in their locker room during the anthem.